News on Sexual & reproductive health

27 March 2017
News
Young mothers Purity Bahati (left) and Naomi Kitsao (right) advocate for other young people to access sexual and reproductive health information and care. © UNFPA Kenya/Doulgas Waudo
KILIFI, Kenya – Purity Bahati was only 15 when she started dating her boyfriend, a 28-year-old man. “He told me he loved me, and I believed him,” she said. She was pregnant by the time she was 17. The pregnancy forced... Read more
20 March 2017
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A community leader makes his way to the tent of a pregnant 14-year-old former child bride. “I am worried about the delivery,” said the girl’s father. © UNFPA/David Brunetti
UNITED NATIONS, New York/BEIRUT, Lebanon – “To be pregnant in the middle of a humanitarian setting is already a dangerous situation, but for girls aged 15 to 19 the risk of pregnancy-related death is already twice as... Read more
12 March 2017
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Women in remote areas have limited access to sexual and reproductive health care. © UNFPA Mongolia/Bayartsogt Shagdarsuren
DORNOD/KHENTII, Mongolia – Mongolia was struck by harsh conditions this winter, raising risks for pastoral and nomadic communities. An estimated 165,000 people were affected, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator... Read more
6 March 2017
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Fatima and Rasha are visited by a UNFPA coordinator after the birth of their daughters. The babies were born on the same day. © UNFPA Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria – Fatima and Rasha welcomed new children into the world on the same day – an experience that would be completely unremarkable if not for their circumstances. Both women are living in uncertainty after... Read more
6 March 2017
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For International Women's Day, UNFPA is celebrating four activists who are blazing a trail for women. Images from left to right courtesy of Tanzila Khan, Deli Barroso, the NGO Atina and Arthur Nazaryan/Delphin Films.
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Today, despite decades of activism and promises, women remain disadvantaged in almost every realm – from the workplace and home to the highest levels of business and government. Policies and... Read more
28 February 2017
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Aisha Tiro Bahero nearly died from pregnancy-related complications at her home on a tropical island off the coast of Kenya. © UNFPA/Douglas Waudo
LAMU, Keyna – Aisha Tiro Bahero, 30, knows what it means to stare death in the face. Three years ago, while pregnant with her fifth child, she began to haemorrhage dangerously. “I couldn’t stop the bleeding. No one... Read more
16 February 2017
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Families, including pregnant women, children, and disabled and elderly people, have fled shelling and airstrikes in northern Myanmar’s Kachin State. © Metta Development Foundation
KACHIN STATE, Myanmar – Since the armed conflict in northern Myanmar’s Kachin State intensified in December, nearly 7,000 people have fled the area, often amid shelling and airstrikes. Among the people on the run are... Read more
2 February 2017
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Xhute left school because her family could not afford to buy her shoes to wear to class. She plans to continue her education and become a teacher. © UNFPA Botswana/Nchidzi Smarts
GHANZI, Botswana – Two years ago, 12-year-old Xhute could not afford shoes to wear to class. She was forced to drop out of school – like her mother before her. Xhute’s mother also started having children when she was... Read more
1 February 2017
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Solani Zapata, a member of her region's indigenous council, says talking about FGM sparked conversations about women's role in society. © UNFPA/Daniel Baldotto
BOGOTA, Colombia – Solani Zapata first heard about female genital mutilation (FGM) when she gave birth to her daughter. Her mother-in-law insisted she had to cut her newborn’s clitoris. Shocked, Ms. Zapata refused.  She... Read more
26 January 2017
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“The mobile clinic doctor and midwife have given me the confidence to give birth in the hospital, rather than at home," Ei Ngae told UNFPA. © UNFPA/Yenny Gamming
WAINGMAW, Myanmar – When Dr. Kyaw Linn Htun arrived at Thar Ga Ya, a camp for displaced people, almost 20 women were already lined up to see him. The women had all been displaced from their homes when the armed conflict... Read more

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